All of the Milton children loved the big white house in Jefferson Village, Vermont where they had come to live, but Dick Milton especially loved the stretch of woods behind the house and the beautiful little lake where wild geese sometimes came to rest. But the strange attitude of the people of Jefferson make the Miltons feel unwelcome, and only with the help of a family lawyer do they discover why the townspeople do not accept them. Then they become involved in trying to solve the mystery that will make everything all right. In this book, we come to know a quiet, reflective, and resourceful boy of twelve -- Dick Milton. Dick, in the absence of his father who is out of the country on business, is his mother's mainstay and his younger brother's chief counselor. We also get to know the rest of the Milton family, too -- Mrs. Milton, Roddy, Bella, and Anne -- for this is a family story, full of the warm spirit of a happy family group and the pleasure they take in their home.
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